Many seniors pay less than younger workers on the same income as a result of special tax breaks for seniors.
The federal government could save about A$1 billion a year by changing three unfair tax breaks for older Australians, a new report says.
A March 21, 2014 photograph of asylum seekers behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre.
The government's message to asylum seekers is already clear: you are not welcome, and you will not be resettled in Australia. Surely that message does not need to be any harsher.
A relative of asylum seekers being held on Nauru cries at a press conference to launch an Amnesty International report.
It has been the absolutism embedded in Australian immigration culture of control that helps explain our hardline policy history on asylum seekers.
Research shows that poor and wealthy retirees spend about the same during their retirement.
Giving rich households superannuation concessions is not justified according to new research which says these retirees spend as much as their poorer counterparts.
The Federal Budget is put together by the Department of Finance and Treasury, unlike PEFO.
The Pre-election Fiscal Outlook shows two things, the ridiculousness of 10 year forecasts and that we need a tougher Parliamentary Budget Office.
The federal government has announced it will give an extra $1.2 billion to schools.
So far the budget has given us more education gift cards to use in the stores of the federal government’s choosing - two more tests for children; one when they come into school and one when they leave.
The budget papers aren’t so scary, if you know how to read them.
Never been in a budget lockup? Here's a cheat guide to finding what you need to know about the federal budget.
Customers have the most to gain out of a review of the powers of the Financial Services Ombudsman, which sits under ASIC.
Out of the many changes the federal government has made to ASIC, the review of the Financial Ombudsman will have the biggest impact on customers.
Increasing targeted needs-based school funding is an essential, but not sufficient, condition.
The federal government has argued consistently that more money does not lead to better educational outcomes. But is that right?
Steel workers wait as the future of Arrium hangs in the balance.
Any job losses from Arrium's Whyalla Steelworks would be another blow to the manufacturing sector and South Australia's economy.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
'Sortition' could offer a way to reinvigorate our democracy – and it's already being trialled.
The Australian government's commitments to protecting the reef means it avoids the embarrassing classification - for now.
Who are these people?
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If there is an important issue, chances are there is federal advisory committee for it. With over 1,000 such committees in operation at any given time, it is worth understanding how they work.
When Treasurer Joe Hockey presents the budget next week it will be worth reviewing the language he and Prime Minister Tony Abbott use about government spending.
Despite the rhetoric that Australia needs to reign in government spending, we're actually out of step with other developed economies.
Are Queensland’s cassowaries being let down by Canberra’s officialdom?.
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What do school chaplains and cassowaries have in common? Both highlight the degree to which federal governments struggle to devolve quality public decision-making to the right level. Our schools and our…
Fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon.
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Easter Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the BP oil well blowout in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform died and almost five million…
Furniture retailer Harvey Norman has been targeted by activists, in a campaign described by the federal government as dishonest.
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In October 2000, I was driving through downtown Boise, Idaho, and nearly careered off the road. Just in front of me was a giant inflatable Godzilla-like dinosaur, well over 30m tall. It was towering over…
Tony Abbott has promised a new way forward for federal-state relations if the Coalition wins government. But will he find the federal lever of power too tempting not to pull?
Opposition leader Tony Abbott announced on the weekend that a government he leads would adopt a new approach to relations between the Commonwealth and the states. He has promised to meet with the state…
Treasurer Wayne Swan has unveiled an $19.4 billion deficit, but promises to be back in surplus by 2016-17.
How did the Australian economy, which boasts the best performance of the major advanced economies, end up with an estimated budget deficit of A$19 billion this year and an estimated debt of $178 billion…